AMD 2500 or 2700?

I want to buy a new board and processor, but I'm mulling over which processor I should get.

Getting an AMD with the FSB of 333 is a no brainer. The question is: Do I trade Cache & price over MHz?

It's a $100 difference and 400MHz. Here's what I usually do with my machine:
- ACT! 2000 Database
- E-mail, Web
- Lots of DVD viewing
- Dual or triple Digital LCD monitor support (Matrox Parhelia probably)
- MP3 Audio
- CD Burning/Copying
- Games (Dungeon Siege/Star Trek Bridge Commander, maybe the new version of Unreal or Quake - but they aren't my first choice)

I would be getting the Asus A7N8X Deluxe and run Windows 2000 or XP, Dual Channel DDR400 with 512MB of RAM, Serial ATA 150.

Let me know what you folks think.

Thank you!
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  1. I'd get the 2500. The extra cache should make a difference and it should run a little cooler. Kinda wish Tom's would compare CPUs of the same price range regardless of Mhz. This would truly show us which gives the most bang for the buck. Intel is definetly the power king but is it worth the extra money?


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  2. Anyone know if the Tbred B 2700 would be a better overclocker than the 2500 barton??
  3. I had to make the same choice a couple weeks ago. I went with the XP2700+. More mhz was more important to me than extra cache.

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  4. I'm not really concerned about heat.. The 400MHz difference is going to affect DVD playback during 'work' and also games.

    When I play games, I wonder when the game play slows down, whether it's a videocard/bandwidth issue or processor. Since there is a lot of 'stuff' going on (Bridge Commander/Dungeon Seige - AI and graphics). These games don't require the frame rate speed of Quake/Unreal so....
  5. Get the 2700+. 400 MHz has more effect than more 256KB L2 cache

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  6. I agree, but from what ive found looking around the web in the uk, a barton 2500+ is ~£70 cheaper than a thoroughbread 2700+.

    I personally am going to go for a 2500+ and try and O/C it to 2700+ frequency levels. Could be difficult seens as though 2500+ is clocked so low.

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by 82ross on 03/24/03 12:39 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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